chrysalis after-school

we don't just teach girls.

we build the next generation of leaders. 

the idea that a girl can become an chemical engineer, carpenter, veterinarian, or corporate CEO was a notion that didn't exist years ago. since we created Chrysalis After-School in 1998, our experience is that we can change this perspective for hundreds of adolescent girls every year.

today, Chrysalis After-School is the community's leading program for girls ages 9 to 14 and for high school girls' leadership development. our emphasis on resilience, connectedness, self confidence, and health includes volunteerism, academic support, leadership development, STEM engagement, financial literacy, and mentoring.

to understand what's going on in the lives of adolescent girls, we involve them n all aspects of planning and implementation of Chrysalis After-School.  annual evaluations demonstrate the success of this strategy, as participant results report statistically higher changes (when compared with girls not in Chrysalis After-School programs) in the following areas:

  • intent to finish high school
  • ability to resist peer pressure
  • willingness to take responsibility for one's actions
  • understanding that working hard today can lead to a successful future

chrysalis after-school sites: 2018-19

every program site requires leadership from a school staff member and from a local nonprofit partner.


GirlPower Peer Mentors (Multiple High Schools) – Mercy Medical Center


Bondurant (2 programs) – Iowa State University Extension
Brody – Brody PTO
Callanan – Callanan PTA
Carlisle – Carlisle Community Schools
Goodrell – Young Women’s Resource Center
Harding – Children and Family Urban Movement
Harding – Highland Park Community Church


Hiatt – United Community Services
Holy Family
– Holy Family Youth Foundation
Hoyt – DSM Schools SUCCESS Program
Indianola – WeLIFT Community Outreach
McCombs – Blank Park Zoo
Merrill – Merrill PTA
SE Polk Junior High – Altoona Campus
Spring Creek (SE Polk) – Altoona Campus
Urbandale – Community! Youth Concepts
Weeks – Weeks PTA
Woodside – Community! Youth Concepts


Anderson – Bondurant-Farrar Schools
Hillside (2 programs) – WDM Community Schools Foundation
Holy Family – Holy Family Youth Foundation
Karen Acres (Urbandale) – Urbandale Community Action
King – Community! Youth Concepts
Lovejoy – Mercy College of Health Sciences
Moulton – Children and Family Urban Movement|
Perkins – Soil and Water Conservation Society
River Woods – DSM Schools SUCCESS Program